Peridotite in Hand Sample
Some call it a mantle xenolith; some call it a mantle peridotite xenolith; some call it a xenobomb. In any event, here’s a wad of olivine and pyroxene grains brought up from the mantle by the maar now known as Kilbourne Hole in New Mexico.
(Incidentally, if you’re a space exploration nerd enthusiast like your friendly author is, head on over to the olivine page, scroll to the Bonus Content section at the bottom, and read up on NASA’s use of Kilbourne Hole.)
Peridotite in Thin Section
Peridotite in plane polarized light. Magnification: 40x Click here to watch peridotite rotate in crossed polars: https://youtu.be/-3wI5LI5CDc Click here to e…
Peridotite in cross polarized light. Magnification: 40x Click here to watch peridotite rotate in plane polars: https://youtu.be/NQkzInMzXHM Click here to exp…